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EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting
EY Leads Lunch & Learn on Sustainable Financial Reporting
Last week, the Accelerator Center hosted a Lunch and Learn on the topic of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration for small-medium sized businesses. Jane Brid (Manager of Climate Change and Sustainability Services) and Jessica Knutso ...
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Transporting your Business
Transporting your Business
     On Thursday, June 13, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted “Transporting your Business” at THEMUSEUM located in Kitchener, Ontario. There were three speakers from North, Quarry and Geotab, all discussing opportunities for businesses to ...
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Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
Conestoga Meats & Enviro-Stewards Share Sustainable Waterloo Region Partnership Award
The Evening of Recognition is always a highlight of our year, and we love being able to connect with the community and share the stories of the work and achievements our members are undertaking. This year, we were excited to recognize two of our memb ...
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Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
Venturing into Sustainable Business: A talk with Patagonia
On March 5th, SWR hosted “Venturing into Sustainable Business: A Talk with Patagonia.” Patagonia is a giant in the business of sustainable operations. Started by Yvon Chouinard in 1973 as Chouinard Equipment, the company developed from producing one ...
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Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Spring Cleaning: Learn how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance
Last month, the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted a Spring Cleaning event at Proof Kitchen + Lounge. Attendees at the event came to learn about how to practice sustainable outdoor maintenance for their commercial properties. The first speaker ...
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Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Faces of SWR: Patrick Kelly
Patrick is a volunteer on the finance team at SWR. He sets direction for the organization’s financial processes and activities alongside management and board members. From the moment we first met Patrick we were inspired by his strong passion for sus ...
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Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach
Last Tuesday (November 27, 2018), the Regional Sustainability Initiative hosted an event at Borealis Grille & Bar entitled “Reducing Waste: A Technical and Behavioural Approach.” The sold-out event was a great success, featuring two speakers with ...
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Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations
Save on Energy: Energy Management in Organizations
On Tuesday, October 2nd, Save on Energy: Energy Management for Organizations was held at the Holiday Inn Kitchener-Waterloo Conference Centre. Featuring three knowledgeable guest speakers, this event gave professionals an opportunity to discuss the b ...
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Connecting Local to Global: Why Municipal Action on Climate Change Matters

It was sometime in the middle of the week while I was sitting in the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland this past November, that I was hit with an overwhelming sense of unease and disappointment. Though I had heard it from many other NGO observers and colleagues previously, it was at that moment that the […]

When 3 Months Turns to 3 Years: My Journey with ClimateActionWR

Have you ever started something and vastly underestimated how much impact it would eventually have?  Maybe it’s a casual first date that becomes a life partner, a lecture that grows to be a sweeping passion, or a few wistful lines that transform into an autobiography. For me, it has been the journey over the past […]

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Community Update: December 2013

What a month! While we had three Regional Carbon Initiative members set targets to reduce their carbon impact – including the City of Waterloo – I’m also thrilled to share Sustainable Waterloo Region’s renewed mission, vision and strategic direction, as well as a 2-minute video that describes our work more clearly than ever.  Meanwhile, over […]

Exciting News! What are you Doing January 16?

I was driving home from the Niagara Sustainability Initiative (NSI)’s launch event, in January 2011, when I first fully came to grips with an important realization: while the past year of coaching NSI had been rewarding and exciting, it couldn’t continue on in such an ad-hoc way. At the time, I blogged about it here. This then […]

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Regional councillors endorse climate plan

WATERLOO REGION — Regional politicians endorsed a community plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The regionwide climate action plan aims to cut emissions to six per cent below 2010 levels by 2020. The cities of Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge already endorsed the plan. Regional councillors gave their blessing at a committee meeting this week; formal […]

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After a year of planning, clarity: we convert sustainability interest into action

At the most recent SWR Board meeting we supported a motion for full partnership with the Region of Waterloo’s TravelWise program, as it moves beyond its two year pilot and expands on its mandate. TravelWise will continue to provide incentives to employers to support their efforts to reduce the number of people driving alone to […]

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Community Update – November 2013

This month, we are glad to welcome the YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo and MW Canada Ltd. as our newest Regional Carbon Initiative Members.  We’re also thrilled to announce that the Region of Waterloo, and RCI member since 2010, has increased their corporate sustainability target and become a Bronze Pledging Partner.[Continue reading]

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News Release: GHG Reduction Plan Moves Forward in Cambridge Calling for 6% Reduction – Partners for Climate Protection in Waterloo Region

GHG Reduction Plan Moves Forward in Cambridge Calling for 6% Reduction Partners for Climate Protection in Waterloo Region   Cambridge, Ontario. November 14, 2013… The City of Cambridge is moving forward with its sustainability initiatives and last night Cambridge City Council endorsed the game plan. A Corporate GHG Reduction (Energy Management) Plan was unveiled as part of […]

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Waterloo Region makes bold move to reduce emissions

Waterloo and Cambridge have partnered with two local environmental non-profit organizations, REEP Green Solutions and Sustainable Waterloo Region to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Waterloo Region. Moving forward, ClimateActionWR hopes to work with community organizations and municipalities to compartmentalize greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to successfully reduce them. The initiative, which is a first […]

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Cities commit to Community Climate Action Plan

WATERLOO REGION — Local municipal councils are working on a Community Climate Action Plan in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The work will cost millions, but local politicians say the payback is worth it. “We talk so much about the cost of infrastructure, but this is about the opportunity to service multiple needs […]

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